The sad thing is that while Rome opposed totalitarianism in the form of Communism in eastern Europe, it supported it in the form of brutal dictatorships in South and Central America, and in Africa. One form of totalitarianism was considered bad for the Vatican’s exercise of power, the other was seen as good. Disregard any of her reasoning about principles — it’s no more complicated than that. The principle was what is best for the *Vatican*, even if millions had to suffer under brutal regimes. The same principle was used by Catholic churches in Germany when they willingly handed over all their parish records to the Nazis to make it easier for them to detect any Jewishness in someone’s family tree. It was best for the Church to be seen as being helpful.